25 February, 2015 18:09

Congressman Paul Gosar will be at

Florence, AZ for a Townhall Meeting

Start:March 9, 2015 6:30 pm
End:March 9, 2015 7:30 pm
Location:775 North Main Street, Florence, AZ 85132

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) announced that he will be hosting a public town hall meeting in Florence, Arizona on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 6:30PM-7:30PM at the Florence Town Hall.
All constituents are invited to attend and meet with Congressman Gosar and talk with him about the issues impacting the First Congressional District.

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21 February, 2015 15:23

The Winkelman NRCD District will have a quorum present Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th at the State Association meeting in Gilbert, but there will be no business discussed.

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18 February, 2015 19:35

Landowner help requested:

The NRCS has funded a study by the University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. George Ruyle to investigate the effects of varying the timing of managed grazing in riparian pastures. The study is funded by the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The overall objectives are to determine the effects of grazing management on the plant community composition, habitat structure of the southwestern willow flycatcher (SWFL), browse use by season, effects on the channel and aquatic habitat, and the faunal response to grazing management. There have been numerous studies comparing managed and unmanaged grazing effects on riparian habitat and fisheries. However there is a lack of information related to the impact of carefully managed grazing, where livestock impacts are monitored frequently and animals removed when various thresholds are reached. Due to this lack of information the only grazing management prescribed in the USF&WS recovery plan for the SWFL is dormant season only grazing. This severely limits a livestock operator’s management flexibility and ultimately may limit participation in the Working Lands for Wildlife SWFL initiative. Allowing an adaptive management strategy to include limited use in other seasons, particularly mid-summer grazing could be beneficial to ranch management objectives while maintaining or improving habitat for SWFL and other species of concern. This collaboration will provide the NRCS with science based alternatives for developing grazing management plans that maintain or improve habitat for SWFL and provide land users with the flexibility required for a successful operation.

Dr. Ruyle and the NRCS are looking for interested landowners to participate in the study. This is an opportunity for landowners to help set the record straight about grazing effects on riparian areas and develop sound guidelines for management decisions that are compatible with landowner objectives while meeting the needs of wildlife. Without participating landowners, this study cannot be completed.

Dr. George Ruyle, Ph.D.                               or                    Stu Tuttle  State Biologist                       
University of Arizona                                                             Natural Resources Conservation Service
325 Biological Sciences East,                                                1585 S. Plaza Way; Suite 120
PO Box 210043                                                                      Flagstaff, AZ  86001
Tucson, Arizona 85721                                                          928-774-2401 ext 109 (O)
520-621-1384                                                                         928-699-0153 Cell
gruyle@cals.arizona.edu                                                        stu.tuttle@az.usda.gov

 

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18 February, 2015 19:10

National Association of Conservation District Activities and Events
SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 18, 2015
NACD SPRING FLY-IN
BREAKFAST: Wednesday, March 18th 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Capitol Visitors Center – Room SVC 12-10
HILL VISITS: ALL DAY
RECEPTION: Wednesday, March 18th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
1300 Longworth House Office Building
CONTACT: peter-bachmann
NACD February U&C Webinar
All across the country, in large cities and small towns, people are finding ways to grow produce closer to home. They’re doing it in backyards, on rooftops, in community gardens and through urban farms. Join us for the next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, where we’ll look at ways they are Extending Urban Growing Seasons. This one-hour event is scheduled for February 19 at 12:00noon Eastern time. Maria Bumgarner, Jefferson Conservation District in Colorado, will talk about their urban ag program and season extension techniques. Ohio NRCS’ Al Norwood will share the history and progress of the Cleveland High Tunnel Project.

There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogarWITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

Held on the third Thursday of each month, these webinars cover topics that include district and other speakers. The webinars are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group.

Southwest / Pac Regional Meeting

Date: October 7-10, 2015 Wednesday thru Saturday
Place: Escala Lodge Canyons Park City Utah

Copyright © 2015 Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, All rights reserved.
Thank you for serving on your local Conservation District board.

Our mailing address is:
Arizona Association of Conservation DistrictsPO Box 50518
Phoenix, AZ 85076

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10 February, 2015 11:38

Notice is hereby given to the members of the Winkelman and Redington NRCDs and to the general public that the joint San Pedro Initiative Committee will hold a planning meeting.

Date: February 11, 2015

Time: 10:00a.m.

Place: General Kearny Inn, Kearny, Az

Agenda:

Call to order

Approval of minutes

Discussion of mitigation proposals

Mitigation strategies

Time and date for next meeting

Adjourn

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6 February, 2015 11:29

Last Night at the Annual NACD Meeting!

NACD Appreciation Banquet Honorees
Last night NACD closed out the Annual Meeting with its Appreciation Banquet. The banquet is an opportunity for NACD to recognize the many outstanding individual efforts of conservation leaders from across the country.

The awards kicked off with the presentation of the NCDEA Awards for Outstanding Conservation District Board Member and Outstanding Conservation District Professional Employee. John Finch of Nash Soil and Water Conservation District in North Carolina and retiring Southeast Region Executive Board Member, received the award for outstanding district board member. Peter Vigil of the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District of New Mexico was the award winner for outstanding district employee.

One of the most prestigious awards of the evening is the NACD/NRCS Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award. This year’s award recipient was Mike Thralls. Thralls was recognized for his superior service to the conservation community in promoting and leading conservation on private lands.

Rounding out the awards ceremony was the presentation of NACD’s top National Awards. The NACD Friend of Conservation award was presented to Charlie Shafer, president of Agri Drain Corporation and longtime supporter of soil and water conservation in Iowa and across the nation. Shafer has supported NACD as an exhibitor at the Conservation Expo, a sponsor of the NACD Annual Meeting, and by serving as the CTIC representative on the NACD Executive Board.

NACD’s Distinguished Service Award went to Don and Mary Jane Spickler. Don sadly passed away in the spring of last year, but his legacy to conservation will long be remembered. Mary Jane accepted the award for her and Don’s lifelong contributions. The Spicklers have been actively involved with conservation districts at the local, state and national level for over 42 years. While Don advanced from serving on his local district board to state and national positions, Mary Jane advanced in her position of involvement alongside Don through the NACD Auxiliary, supporting the soil and water stewardship program and the NACD poster contest. The Spicklers also developed a vision for the National Envirothon which they supported financially and through the dedication of their time and talent.

The final award of the night was the President’s Award which was presented to Tim Palmer. Palmer is an NACD Executive Board Member and farmer from Iowa. Palmer also Vice Chair of Madison County SWCD, NACD CTIC board representative, as well as serving on many other committee memberships within NACD.

Livecast from Tuesday’s General Session and Appreciation Banquet
Tuesday’s General Session and Appreciation Banquet was broadcast live over the internet thanks to Brian Allmer and BARN Media. The events will be archived and available on the BARN Media Livestream page or by visiting NACD’s Annual Meeting page.

NACD Welcomes New Officer Team
The NACD Annual Meeting Appreciation Banquet was capped off with the recognition of outgoing President Earl Garber, recognition of retiring NACD Officers and Executive Board Members, and the installation of new NACD Officers and Executive Board Members.

NACD would like to thank all the retiring Officers and Executive Board Members for their years of service.

The new NACD Officer team was announced with the installment of Lee McDaniel as the new NACD President. Former Second Vice President Brent Van Dyke of New Mexico was elected as First Vice President; former Secretary/Treasurer Dick Went of Rhode Island was elected as Second Vice President; and John McDonald, Executive Board member from Oregon, was elected as Secretary/Treasurer.

Annual Meeting Recap
This year’s Annual Meeting was attended by more than 900 guests. NACD would like to thank the attendees and all the sponsors of this year’s event in New Orleans. A special thank you to our meeting sponsors: Case I-H, Bob Warner, Monsanto, Apache, John Deere, the Maryland Association of Conservation Districts, the U.S. Forest Service, Bayer CropScience, Plum Creek, Verdesian, the USDA Department of Agriculture and NRCS, National Farmers Union, Syngenta, Agri Drain Corporation, and Scotts Miracle-Gro.
See you at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Reno
Please join us for next year’s Annual Meeting event in Reno, Nevada. The 2016 meeting will take place January 30 through February 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

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NACD Meeting

Tuesday General Session Recap
Tuesday morning’s General Session featured presentations about the past, present and future of conservation.

Former NRCS Chief Dave White spoke on the history of conservation districts and the impetus the Dust Bowl had in bringing people together in locally-led land and soil conservation efforts.

Following Chief White’s address there was a panel discussion focusing on conservation today. Panelists included Karl Dalla Rosa, Forest Stewardship Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service; Ellen Gilinsky, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Water, U.S. EPA; Kristin Thomasgard, Program Director, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Department of Defense; and Cynthia Moses-Nedd, Liason to State and Local Government, Bureau of Land Management.

Rounding out the program was current NRCS Chief Jason Weller who spoke about the vision for the future of conservation.

Livecast for Tuesday’s General Session and Appreciation Banquet
Tuesday’s General Session was broadcast live over the internet thanks to Brian Allmer and BARN Media. The event will be archived and available on the BARN Media Livestream page or by visiting NACD’s Annual Meeting page.

BARN media will also be livecasting tonight’s Appreciation Banquet from 7-9 PM CT. That will also be available on the BARN Media Livestream page or by visiting NACD’s Annual Meeting page.

NACD Live Auction Round-Up
Monday night’s Live Auction was a great success. The event raised over $75,000 for NACD’s Education and Outreach efforts to craft a positive policy and regulatory climate for conservation.

Among the many unique items that were auctioned off, NACD received a cash donation of $8,000 from John Deere. Additionally, Case I-H donated 100 hours of use on a new Magnum 340 CVT RowTrac which included an additional 100 hours of use for the purchaser’s local conservation district. Case I-H also made a surprise donation doubling its contribution.

The Live Auction is one of the signature events at NACD’s Annual Meeting. NACD thanks the districts, states and corporate sponsors for their donations to this year’s auction. We also extend a special thank you to Johnny Regula who has donated his time and services as a professional auctioneer for many years.

Earth Team Award
At Tuesday’s General Session NRCS Chief Jason Weller and NACD President Earl Garber presented the NACD-NRCS Earth Team Award. This year’s award was presented to Stone County Conservation District of Mountain View, Arkansas.

The Stone County CD was recognized as one of the most effective districts in helping with NRCS Earth Team Volunteers. The Stone County district employs 66 volunteers that help with programs and stewardship and education.

The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of NRCS that helps conservation groups and others to ensure private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges like climate change. Working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers, the NRCS identifies natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources

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Spokane Summer Board Meeting Promo
Start making your plans to attend the Summer Board Meeting in Spokane, Washington. The meeting will take place July 11-13 at The Davenport Hotel. More information will be available on the NACD website in the coming months. You can also check out a short video about Spokane . We hope to see you this summer!
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